Cyberculture roundup: “Turkey bans gay dating website, app Grindr… “Foursquare continues to focus on the little details…


Turkey bans gay dating website, app Grindr

Gay and bisexual male dating website Grindr has been banned by Turkey’s Directorate of Telecommunication


Foursquare continues to focus on the little details. Now tells you where the action is on any given day of the week.

Someone must have given Foursquare a kick up the behind recently. New small but significant features have been rolling in of late and today comes another neat addition:

U.S. Telcos Have Never Challenged NSA Demands for Your Metadata

Since at least 2006 a secret spy court has continuously compelled the nation’s carriers to hand over records of every telephone call made to, from or within the United States. But none of the phone companies have ever challenged the orders in court, according to an Aug. 29 opinion by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which was declassified today.


Latest reporting from Snowden leaks: How NSA watches international bank transactions

In Spiegel today, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark report on how the National Security Agency monitors banks and credit card transactions, sometimes in apparent violation of national laws and global regulations. Documents from the NSA leaked to the reporters by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden show that the European SWIFT financial transaction network is being spied on in various ways. [SPIEGEL ONLINE]


FBI arrests hacker who may have ties to Anonymous

SC Magazine

A nearly two-year FBI investigation into a cyber attack against the Hidalgo County website in Texas has resulted in the arrest of a 27-year-old man. Additionally, he claimed to have ties to the hacktivist collectiveAnonymous. Charged with accessing a


Cyberbullying Apps — Why Are We Allowing Anonymous Cruelty?

Huffington Post

Last week, 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick jumped from a platform at an abandoned cement factory to her death after being tormented online and through cellphone apps. Suicide victims are getting younger all the time. What will it take for us as a


Google’s anonymous ad tracker AdID ‘could replace third-party cookies’


Google may be working on a new anonymous online identifier system called AdID that could replace third-party cookies and, in doing so, threaten to shake up the $120bn online marketing industry. The advertising industry didn’t appreciate Mozilla’s plans …

Google’s AdID, an anonymous identifier for advertising, could replace the …

Google developing anonymous identifier for advertising to ditch cookies

Google may ditch ‘cookies’ as online ad tracker


Any publisher can make money using BitMonet?s Bitcoin-powered micro-paywall

Paywalls are increasing becoming a monetize option for media, yet most readers are lukewarm about them. Enter BitMonet, a Bitcoin startup with a more flexible approach to appeal to readers who are reluctant to pay upfront for access to articles.

Big Data for Prediction

15 September 2013 Oxford Internet Institute

Bridging the gap between real-time monitoring and early prediction is a big challenge: read Taha Yasseri on Early Prediction of Movie Box Office Success Based on Wikipedia Activity Big Data (with M.Mestyán and J.Kertész). PLoS ONE 8(8): e71226. Taha’s papers.

Pirate Bay Blocking Orders Should Be Overturned Under EU Law, ISPs ArgueIn 2010, Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN went to court to try and force Ziggo, the Netherlands? largest ISP, to implement a DNS and IP address block of The Pirate Bay.


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